A good kick in the pants to remind us all that what we do is a business. The talk is geared towards design studios, but the advice here works for illustrators, and any type of one-person freelance shop.
I meet a lot of freelancers who are either afraid of money, or have a strange sense of guilt in asking for money. Couple this with the type of client who don’t always appreciate or understand the value of the work or your time, and you’ve got a recipe for being underpaid or not being paid at all.
I entered the freelance world with absolutely no business experience. The most valuable thing I have learned (and I learned it the hard way) is to always have a contract that clearly establishes the expectations and responsibilities of both parties.
Lawyers are expensive, and contracts are confusing. Two books that have helped me immensely in constructing my own easily-customizable boilerplate contract for simple jobs are the Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines (the 13th edition was released in September) and Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators.
Home of the Day by ktechritz
Come and visit today’s Home of the Day for a fair balance of nature and architecture snaps. Congratulations ktechritz of Berlin, Germany for having our Home of the Day!
Illustrations by Llew Mejia (Previously on Supersonic):
@milque_toast & I put on our videography hats & filmed at CUT today!! (at CUT Steakhouse & The Grill at CUT)
Uploaded some more 365 photos
The only burger you need this week: #2doorsdown sliders (at 2 Doors Down)